The story began when the Zodiac Killer turned into the isolated turnout of Lake Herman Road on December 20th 1968 and appeared to have ended when the murderer exited the taxicab of Paul Stine on October 11th 1969 and disappeared, heading north into the darkness of Cherry Street towards the Presidio. But in fact the story was only just beginning.
After the murder of Paul Stine the killer headed towards the Julius Khan Playground, but whether he actually ended up there, as he alluded to in his October 13th 1969 letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, has been the topic of much debate. Donna Lass worked in the Presidio at the Letterman General Hospital and lived at 4122 Balboa Street, San Francisco. The murderer of Paul Stine, based on the taxicab meter reading, was believed to have flagged down the taxicab in the theater district, near the corner of Mason and Geary Street, and an area situated less than a quarter of a mile from the Lawrence Kane residence at 217 Eddy Street. For all these relevant locations, click here for Google Maps.
In 1970 both Donna Lass and Lawrence Kane moved to South Lake Tahoe, where Donna Lass was employed at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel & Casino as a nurse. According to Harvey Hines, Lawrence Kane worked for Alan Dorfman selling Arizona real estate. His office was situated just down the hallway from the area where Donna Lass was stationed. Three months later, everything changed.
On September 6th 1970 Donna Lass vanished after her shift at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, and now nearly half a century later we are no nearer to discovering the truth as to her movements that fateful morning. Six and a half months later, the disputed 'Pines' card arrived at the San Francisco Chronicle inferring a link to the Donna Lass disappearance, and the story gained momentum once again. Many Zodiac researchers have questioned the connection between the Donna Lass disappearance and the Zodiac Killer, and indeed, if Lawrence Kane ever worked at the Stateline, Nevada casino.
Harvey Hines remained undeterred, when many others had given up hope - and even though the search for Donna Lass has hit many dead ends in the intervening years, the hope that was held by Harvey Hines still lives on.